The rivalry between English giants Manchester United and Liverpool reached a new low at Anfield on Thursday night, when Manchester United’s away fans sang offensive chants related to the 1989 Hillsborough disaster that saw 96 Liverpool fans lose their lives.
Manchester United not only lost the match 2-0, but also lost respect, and were met with extensive criticism thanks to this offensive gesture by their fans.
Twitter reactions to these chants:
However, the club has taken a step in the right direction by issuing a statement suggesting that they’ll be conducting discussions with their supporters’ groups to prevent such an incident from occurring again.
A Manchester United spokesperson said: “It has always been the position of Manchester United that chants of this nature, which refer to historical tragedies, have no place in the game and do not reflect the values the club holds.
“We are in discussion with our fans’ groups to seek their support in preventing this type of behaviour in the future.”
The UEFA are currently examining the match reports, and whether they take any action regarding this issue remains to be seen, according to The Guardian.